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The U.S. government has issued a revised healthy eating pyramid, that visual guide to a well balanced diet that helps us decide what foods make the best foundation for our diet. Most Americans are familiar with the food pyramid, and the new version will help people make healthy food choices and control weight. New emphasis is placed on regular exercise and smaller portions, and fresh produce plays a greater part than ever in the food pyramid, which has always helped people recognize the value of fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. Currently, many Americans eat too much food, and choose foods low in nutritional value. A diet rich in produce can change that. The new pyramid advises people to:

  • Choose whole grain breads over refined white breads.
  • Eat more whole fruits and vegetables, rather than juices, for maximum nutritional value.
  • Eat 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day—4 ½ cups for the average person.
  • Eat more produce containing fiber to help arterial health.



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